Why I Didn’t Pursue A College Degree – YBNL Star, Davolee

YBNL’s latest signee, David Shokoya, popularly known as Davolee, has narrated why he was not able to pursue a college degree and rather opted for music.

According to him, the economic hardship as well as the rate of unemployment in Nigeria, prevented him from furthering his education.

He revealed this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News, where he laid bare his struggles and travails and how he has gradually overcome, especially since his talent caught the attention of the YBNL boss, Olamide.

Born in the Isolo area of Lagos state, Shokoya revealed that the street life had a huge influence on his music.

The artist stated that he realised his talent at a young age and while there was no one to sponsor his university education, he thought it wise to go into full time music and face the hustle squarely.

Speaking further on how he got the attention of the YBNL music imprint, Shokoya explained that he promoted himself a lot via social media.

“I took my Instagram personal then I do freestyles and I tag celebrities as much as possible – So luckily for me, Baddo got into it and he messaged me on Instagram”; a situation which he described as unbelievable and very emotional for him.

In November 2016, the YBNL leader Olamide revealed Davolee had become a member of the team in a video posted online.

Although the hard knock life has made it behind him, the budding artist says the lessons it thought him are invaluable.

Gaidam Swears In New Head of Service, Others

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Wednesday, swore in a new Head of Service, Saleh Abubakar.

The new appointee, who is the Chief of Staff to the Governor, takes over from Dauda Yahaya, who has attended the mandatory years of service.

While administering the oath on the Head of Service, the Governor said the swearing in of the new appointee would reinvigorate his administration by ensuring transparency, probity and accountability.

“Today’s event will further reinvigorate the administrative machinery in the state, strengthen the promotion of rule of law, equity, and justice, accountability, transparency and probity in the conduct of government business and it will serve as a step forward towards entrenchment of our reform programme in all sectors of our state economy”

Governor Gaidam, however, praised the outgoing Head of Service whom according to him, was equally an experienced technocrat.

He, therefore, urged the new Head of Service to emulate him, while also expressing optimism that Abubakar, who has served diligently since the beginning of his administration, will justify the confidence reposed in him.

“I am glad to say that Saleh Abubakar had impressive record of service before his appointment to the present position as Head of Service and it is this yardstick which informed my approval of his appointment.

“I however have no doubt in my mind that owing to his wealth of experience, exposure and records of performance in the past, he will be able to discharge his duties to the satisfaction of all,” the governor said.

The swearing in ceremony also witnessed the oath taken of the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Saboli Mohammed. Also, Baba Gishiwari took an oath as a member of the State Judicial Service Commission, while Ali Garga was sworn in as member of the Fiscal Responsibility Board.

Nigerian Police Warns Officers Against Indiscipline

IGP Deploys Helicopters, Anti-Bomb Sqaud To Kaduna AirportThe Nigerian Police has said it would not condone any act of corruption and indiscipline from officers and men, that would dent the image of the force.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Finance and Administration, Shuaibu Lawal Gambo, gave the warning when he paid a visit to the Nasarawa State Police Command.

The visit is in continuation of his tour to Police Commands in the North Central Zone of the country.

Addressing officers at the state headquarters, he noted that corruption among Police personnel has become the order of the day and emphasised that the Force would not take it lightly with any officer caught engaging in any form of corruption.

“I also want to use this medium to warn that cases of corruption will not be tolerated, and illegal road blocks will not be tolerated. We want you all to have respect for the human right, you must recognise that every human being has certain rights,” he said.

He maintained that no organisation can achieve desired results in an atmosphere of indiscipline and warned that drastic measures will be meted on any officer found wanting.

He then urged them to be responsible in their dealings as they are being looked upon as role models.

Gambo also revealed the determination of the Force in improving the welfare of its personnel especially in the areas of promotion, housing and health among others, aimed at boosting their morale for effective service delivery.

“The Inspector General of Police wants you to know that we appreciate your contribution and the sacrifices you are making for the country and we want to assure you that the sacrifices are well noted and on his part he is doing all he can to make sure that he provides better welfare packages for you all.”

On his part, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abubakar Bello, appreciated the visit and used the platform to enumerate challenges facing the command, including inadequate manpower and logistics.

“Your presence in our midst today is gratifying because it gives us the opportunity to give you firsthand information on our activities so that you can help us,” the CP said.

Panama Papers: Pakistan PM, Nawaz Sharif Awaits Ruling

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, will know his political fate on Thursday as the country’s Supreme Court is set to issue its ruling on corruption claims against him.

Questions arose over his family’s business dealings when three of his children were linked to offshore accounts in the Panama papers leaks.

Mr Sharif and his family have however denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the claims as politically motivated.

The government also said that it is confident that Mr Sharif will be cleared.

The case has made headlines in recent months and stocks briefly fell on the announcement that a decision would be delivered later today.

Lawyer Asks EFCC To Reveal Owners Of Recovered Cash

Lawyer Asks EFCC To Reveal Owners Of Recovered CashA legal practitioner, Mr Isaac Anumudu, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to reveal the identities of the owners of all the moneys being discovered by the Commission.

Mr Anumudu made the call on Sunrise Daily, in reaction to the series of cash recoveries made by the EFCC in the past few weeks, one of which was the discovery of a huge sum of money in an apartment in Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

He believes that the inability of the anti-graft agency to clarify the ownership of the recovered cash in Ikoyi is giving room for suspicion.

The lawyer wondered why the whistleblower could not reveal critical information as to who dropped the money and how it got to the apartment.

“First of all you look at the recoveries, the way and manner they came.
There is a whistle blowing 49 million in Kaduna airport, how come someone would carry that humongous amount of money in Naira and not in Dollars to an airport?

“Why did the whistleblower identify and was able to blow whistle as to where the fund is, without information as to who dropped the money and how it got there?” Anumudu questioned.

He further criticised the funds found in a Bureau De Change at the Balogun Market in Lagos, stressing that the place was meant for exchange of all forms of currency.

“You tell me you found a million of Dollars in a Bureau De Change, what do they sell in a Bureau De Change? pure water, vegetable, cosmetics, provisions, no.

“What goes on in a Bureau De Change is exchange of all forms of currency, Dollar, Naira, Euro, Pound.

“So telling me you found, you didn’t tell us how that became illegal, you didn’t tell us whom you are pursuing, what lead you are pursuing that led you to finding that kind of money, you now suspect it was money gotten from corrupt practices.

“What whistle are you blowing if you whistle that you found law books in my office as a lawyer? There is nothing illegal in finding money in a Bureau De Change”, Mr Anumudu stated.

Ondo Govt. Commences Verification Exercise For Allottees Of Forest Reserves

As part of Ondo State Government’s efforts to restore orderliness to the forest reserves across the state, a verification exercise has commenced to identify and clear allotees in the forest reserves.

To achieve this, allotees who have compartments in the forest reserves have been charged to bring all the necessary documents needed for clearance.

The Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr Dally Salau, made this known in Akure, the state capital, where he warned that the era of lawlessness and disobedience has gone.

He stressed that the verification became necessary in order to identify true owners of compartments, saying this would go a long way to putting a stop to the issue of encroachment in the Forest Reserve.

Mr Salau said the Task Force has been able to impound some vehicles in the forest and on the roads carrying logs, while logging activities is still on hold.

He warned that no logging activity should be carried out until the forest reserves are reopened.

“I want to use this opportunity to advice our allottees to come out early for the verification exercise. They should bring out all the documents required for the exercise, so they can be cleared.

“This is vital so that the government would have a better position to formulate policies particularly in the Forest reserve.

“To avoid encroachment into the Forest reserves, government has inaugurated the Task Force on Forestry and Anti- Encroachment. They are put in place in the state to ensure that people do not move into the reserves until it is reopened by the state government.

“Now that the free areas have been opened, the Task Force would be more active to ensure that the order is enforced and obeyed.

“Let them (allotees and contractors) obey this order first, then the government would decide.

“The regime of orderliness has come. We cannot be operating in a state of anarchy, disobedience or lawlessness. We have to ensure that law, justice, fairness, peace and equity are restored and obeyed in our Forest Reserves”, Mr Saliu stated.

NNS Provides Free Medical Services To Residents In Rivers State

As part of efforts to give back to its host community, the Nigerian Navy Shipyard (NNS) pathfinder has extended free medical services to residents of Mgbu-Edohia Community in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers state.

Over 300 men, women and children, including the elderly were seen at the venue of the exercise attended by the Naval medical staff.

Some of the free health services to the people include consultation and treatment, eye check with free glasses, basic laboratory investigation and immunisation.

The medical officer of the Naval Medical Centre, Surgeon Lieutenant Commander, Chijoke Ogu said the Navy is appreciative of the cooperation of the community.

“We are here today to interact and give back to the community, our host community. For over the years, they have harboured us, shown us hospitality, so today, we are here to appreciate the community.

“We have five doctors on ground who will attend to their vital signs, and take their samples to the lab for further investigation and treatment. We have a section for immunisation for children and eye care for the elderly”, he said.

The King of Mgbu-Odohia Community, Amadi-Ekwena, who also benefited from the eye check and free glasses service expressed gladness for the exercise.

“On behalf of the entire Council of Chiefs of Mgbu-Odohia, one of the communities in Rumuelumeni, we are grateful for this programme, and we hope that it will continue, so you people can check on how we are doing.”

The Navy further said that the free medical service to the community and other communities will be an annual exercise.

FG Urges Nigerians To Take Livestock As A Business

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has charged Nigerians to take livestock as a business, rather than considering it as a tradition.

Mr Ahmed Salihu Ahmed of the Department of Animal Husbandry Service of the Ministry, gave the charge in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.

He said the Federal Government has set machinery in place to mitigate some of the issues that often causes skirmish between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

The representatives from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, are in Lokoja to interact and sensitize the herdsmen on the need to live and operate peaceful without any crises, but first they pay a courtesy call on the Commissioner of Police.

In his keynote address at the State Police Headquarters the leader of the delegation disclosed that the Federal Government has concluded plans to commercialize production of livestock, which he noted will be stationed in one location to avert the incessant crises between cattle rearers and the farmers.

“The population of the country is growing astronomically, and there is need to cultivate land for crops production and massive investment in livestock.

“I call on the leaders of the Miyeti Allah Cattle Reares Association to always sensitize their members on the need to live with farmers peacefully”.

In his remark, the State Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu said the command under his watch is in support of the initiative, while calling on Miyeti Allah Cattle Rearers Association, Kogi state chapter to warn their members against indulging in criminal activities.

“I want to assure you that my command will continue to maintain neutrality between the herdsmen and the farmers, so that the state can continue to enjoy absolute peace”.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Partners General Electric To Build Power Training Institute

The Foreign Direct Investment drive of Akwa Ibom State Government, has received a quantum leap as the state government has concluded plans to partner with General Electric Global Operations, for the establishment of a world class training institute to address man power need and boost capacity of Akwa Ibom indigenes in the power sector.

The Executive Director, Government Affairs, General Electric Global Operations – West Africa, Dr. Joyce Shyngle-Wigwe, dropped the hint during an interaction with Government House correspondents shortly after a meeting with Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, at his office.

Dr. Wigwe said, “General Electric has watched with keen interest the pace of development in the state as regards infrastructure under the watch of a seasoned entrepreneur governor Udom Emmanuel, and the company has decided to partner with the state in the provision of electricity, health care services and in other development programmes of the administration”.

She explained that, “The company had been involved with the installation of turbines at Ibom Power Plant and has undertaken the rehabilitation of power infrastructure to facilitate speedy transmission and distribution of electricity in the state”.

The Chairman of Ibom Power Company, Engr. Etido Inyang, who facilitated the meeting described the interaction as fruitful, explained that Akwa Ibom Governor has given approval for the state government to collaborate with the firm to boost power generation at Ibom Power Company.

“The collaboration would make the state a Power hub and the first phase of electricity generation would be at 240 Mega Watts while the second 240 would provide a total output of 480 Mega Watt for sufficient power generation”.

Engr. Inyang indicated that the Governor has directed the company to work out a functional modality to actualise the vision and expressed delight at the company’s decision to establish a training Centre in the state.

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang, who also spoke said the company would help fast track the development matrix of the state’s administration.

The Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr Ahmed Zakari, who congratulated Governor Emmanuel and his Executives on the development strides witnessed in the state, hinted that, “The state’s vision on infrastructure and industralisation informed their decision to partner in the development agenda of the state’s administration”.

“The partnership would boost the power sector to enable small and medium scale business operators carry out their businesses and provide employment to the youths of the state”.

Construction Commences At Akwa Ibom Intl. Market

Gov. Emmanuel Visits Akwa-Ibom PDP Secretariat
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

A consortium of Chinese Companies have concluded arrangements for the take-off of construction of an International Market at Ikot Ekpene and Eket local government, areas of Akwa Ibom state.

The consortium companies comprises of  China Railway and Airport Construction Company, Yiwu International Market Group, Ande Logistics, Forte Energy and Jaagris Nigeria Limited.

The leader of the Chinese Group, Mr Hou Jang, who spoke through an interpreter, announced this while briefing Governor Udom Emmanuel on the state of preparedness for the project at the Governor’s Office, Uyo.

He stated the readiness of the Chinese firm to collaborate with Akwa Ibom state government in its development programmes and expressed delight at the opportunity given them to contribute to the development of the state, assuring of quality service delivery.

Governor Emmanuel thanked the Chinese companies for their decision to partner with the state in the various aspects of industrialization and other development programmes and assured them of safety, transparent legislation and conducive operational environment for the project execution.

He said,  “I am glad to hear that you are commencing operations on the construction by first week of May and I will do everything possible to ensure a smooth take-off.

“Be rest assured that those things needed to allow you invest and make profit in place. We’ve already promulgated laws to support and protect your businesses, provide adequate security for your safety. As much as we can, we will develop infrastructure to provide market for your investment.

“The state has put in place a technical committee on Foreign Direct Investment to attract investors and provide enabling environment for them to operate. Everything would be put in place to facilitate the commencement of the project by the end of May as promised by the Chinese firm”, the governor said.

The Certificate of Occupancy for Eket project would be ready by the end of April and appealed to the construction company to expedite action on the project execution, adding that the state looks forward to the commencement of commercial operations in the market by September 23 when the state will be celebrating her 30 years of statehood.

Speaking with Government House Correspondents, Stakeholders in the benefiting local government areas, Mr Lawrence Udofa, a member representing Eket State Constituency in the House of Assembly and the Chairman Ibom Power Company, Engr. Etido Inyang, commended the Governor for his investment drive in the state and the take-off of construction of the International Market as promised the people during his election campaign.

Engr. Inyang said,” The state government has allocated about 25 hectares of land for the construction of the market which is to be sited along Calabar-Itu highway in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area”.

Bayelsa Assembly Urges More Security Presence At Boundary Communities

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has taken another step to stop the lingering boundary dispute between the people of Nembe in the state and Kalabari in Rivers state.

The State Assembly passed a two point resolution which urged the state government through relevant ministries, department and agencies to work closely with members of the National Assembly from the area and the National Boundary Commission to quickly resolve the boundary disputes.

The lawmakers also directed the executive arm to mobilise adequate security to the Oluasiri area of Nembe and adjoining riverine communities in the area to protect the people from frequent attacks by armed men from Rivers State.

The resolutions followed a motion raised by Mr. Iniyobiyo Obiene representing Nembe constituency 3 in the State House of Assembly and unanimously adopted by the lawmakers as read out by the Speaker, Mr Konbowei Friday Benson.

Mr. Obiene, had told his colleagues that the people in the two oil-bearing communities, Oluasiri in Nembe and Soku in Kalabari were fully aware of the boundary and wondered why the Kalabari people would want to step out of the boundary.

“Given the fact that Oluasiri, Robert Kiri, Ekulama I, Ekulama II, and their environs are border communities cum settlements that bids the eastern boundary of Bayelsa state, it is true that these communities are in the volatile area prone to threats and attacks from their Rivers state neighbours even in the presence of security men deployed to the area by their government.

“Regrettably, our government has not been able to send security personnel to the area to ensure protection of lives and property of our people living there.

“This is evident in the kidnapping of one Charles Demi along Oluasuri waterways in December 2012, the destruction and burning of Ijaw-Kiri in the same year, the attack on one Mr.Amaebite Obiene and his colleagues at Sand-Sand village among others”, Obiene stated.

The lawmaker who said the hostilities in the disputed area had led to waste of lives, expressed worry that residents live in fear of intimidation and frequent harassment.
According to him, “Recently during the Phase II of the Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise conducted by the National Population Commission (NPC), in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, there were serious security threats.

“As the exercise proceeded to our border communities with Rivers state such as Robert Kiri, Belema I, Belema II, Ekulama I, Ekulama II, Ijaw-Kiri and Soku in the Oluasiri axis, there were attacks on our people which led to serious setbacks on our part. Mr. Speaker, if nothing is done urgently, the ugly scenario will replay itself in the census proper, scheduled to take place in 2018”.

In another development, the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Konbowei Benson, has reacted to media reports that the House did not hold a public hearing as well as consult widely before passing the State Education Tax bill recently signed into law by Governor Seriake Dickson.

The Speaker said the relevant committees held public hearings and reached out to key stakeholders to get their inputs into the bill.

He said the education tax law was a good thing to have happened to the state in the quest to protect the future of millions of Bayelsa youths.

The Speaker insisted that the lawmakers were working for the collective interest of the state and would continue to support other arms of government to fast track development in the state.

Syria Crisis: Thousands Evacuated From Four Besieged Towns

Syrian Government says the operation to move people away from four besieged towns in the north western region has begun.

According to AFP reports, the people evacuated from Foah and Kefraya, two government-held towns, have arrived in Rashideen, west of Aleppo.

Similar operations have also begun in rebel-held Madaya, near Damascus.

In March, the United Nations described the situation in the towns as catastrophic, with more than 64,000 civilians trapped in a cycle of daily violence and deprivation.

Many people are reported to have died as a result of shortages of food or medicine.

Officials said more than 30,000 people would be moved.